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know, a lot of people talk about max bachus. max bachus pays attention to what people say in montana. he does. there's been single payors in his state. and this republican force is going to die. when grassley said the other day he pretty much admitted this was a farce, chairman baucus knows he has to get a bill out of this committee and if he only has democrats to work with, guess what the majority democrats on his committee favor a political option. if he's going to get a bill out of this committee with zero republican boats it's going to have to have a public option in the senate finance bill; otherwise, there isn't going to be a bill, right? and he knows there has to be a bill. so it matters what you say. it's one of the reasons i've been very careful not to criticize individual senators. i don't mind talking about their views because at the end, i think we're going to get almost every democratic senator. almost every one because there's not going to be any republicans. they're not going to be interested in forming the bill and, therefore, the democratic caucus is going to have a
makes his pitch for healthcare reform at a town hall meeting in montana. at a bozeman suburb, hundreds are expected to show up in protest. the healthcare reform has triggered a wave of growing anger in the country. susan roberts is in washington with more. susan, good morning. >> reporter: michelle, good morning to you. the white house is trying to push back against these explosive town hall meetings through its online campaign and the president himself. the administration is trying to quiet the critics of healthcare reform. critics angry over the president's healthcare reform plan are not holding back. >> you listen to us. >> reporter: americans will have another chance to be heard today at town hall meetings across the country. democrats are trying to win over an increasingly skeptical public fed up with the proposed overhaul. >> nobody tells me how to live my life. nobody tells me how long i should live and when i should die. >> reporter: but not everyone is out to crush reform. >> that's not fear. that's not fear. >> reporter: supporters are also speaking out. this woman recently l
. >>> president obama faced more skeptics of his health care plan in in montana yesterday and one of the toughest questions was about how the government will pay. what obama will do to cover for 46 million uninsured americans. as ed henry reports, the president admitted it won't be easy. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state senior's senior and chairman of the finance committee max baucus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisers acknowledge the fight has reached a critical stage because the opposition has gained some steam. capitalizing on anger over federal bailouts and debt at many congressional town hall meetings. >> -- the government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: b
for that. and ed henry with the president in montana today as the president continues to push his health care plan. we'll be checking in with him and we're going to take you to arkansas with brianna keilar as she talks to a blue dog democrat who is seeing pushback from both sides of the divide. but first, this developing story for you. the nation's financial crisis. 72 banks have failed this year, and a federal judge warns that the biggest collapse of the year may still be looming. christine romans is part of the cnn money team and joins us from new york. what is the latest with colonial bank? >> it's a company for whom trouble has been brewing for sometime here. and indeed yesterday a federal judge issued a ruling essentially a restraining order borrowing any asset transfers in response a bank of america lawsuit. this is what the judge said. viewing colonial breech given the fact that colonial is on the brink of collapse and suspected of criminal accounting regularities, the potential for immediate substantial injury to bank of america is clear. the part folks are zeroing in on is that
to montana later today holding the second of three town halls this week to sell and defend his health care reform plan. the president getting support from former president bill clinton, who came to his defense on thursday saying republicans are promoting fear in the health care fight. >>> senior white house correspondent jake tapper has more for us this morning. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, robin. well, that's right. this montana town hall meeting could prove to be a tougher crowd than the friendly audience that the president faced in new hampshire. for one, montana is a red state that senator john mccain won last fall and, two, the ticks were first come first serve so the president may be feeling the heat just as members of congress have been. >> the most danger to the most people is sticking with the status quo. it is bankrupting america, making families insecure and undermining the future of the country. >> reporter: no stranger to a health care debate former president bill clinton stepped into battle last night blaming republicans for the frenzied town hall sweeping t
. thunderstorms also from washington to north dakota and from montana down to new mexico and arizona. dry for much of the west coast and northeast. >> a mild 79 in boston, 84 in new york and baltimore. 86 in chicago, 87 in detroit and 90s in minneapolis, fargo and omeprazole. seattle only up to 67, boise 75. 94 in salt lake city and 103 in phoenix. >> when you think of speed dating, images of 20 and 30 somethings now come to mind but some senior citizens are getting into the action. >> 80 and 90 somethings came together to meet for blind dates. they were told to prepare some questions ahead of time and they did. >> yes, have i some. i was told i musn't say "do you snore?" >> the event was organized by the not so lonely hearts club. they plan to hold another one next month. >> good idea. >> never too old to find love, right? >> no, you're not. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ get around, round, round, i get around ♪ long summer days and not enough sleep. what i wouldn't do fr a do-over. (announcer) ne neutrogena total skin renewal. gentle exfoliating puffs and micro-vibrati
of north and south dakota and parts of montana. we're going to continue to talk more about the weather and keep you posted with the very latest. robin? >> thank you so much. >>> if you suffered through a pay cut during poofrt this recession, there's a chance you may get some of your paycheck back. that's great news in a bad economy. plus -- whoa. they got the world on a string. we're going to take you to the world yo-yo contest. <ó<ó<ó>> time for our salute to the troops. today's salute is from a proud dad to his son. wade wants to tell his son matt keep his eyes and ears open and e change his sock often. >> good morning. i wanted to give a sharp air force salute to senior matthew fullwood. we love and miss him a whole lot and can't wait for him to return in december. >> good advice from dad. if you have somebody in the service and you want to salute them, go to cnn.com/robin so we can. >>> in about four hours a private funeral for eunice kennedy shriver is going to begin. now, a public wake was held yesterday. the sister of president john f. kenne kennedy died yesterday. sh
born in billings, montana where the parents lived for five to six years. one son these days, okay, and came back to billings, married a girl who is a part of a large family. now he is part of that large family and he is building a large family and he won't budge. he is totally attached. the other one, and his story is fascinating. he is in montana and this is not a rich family but there is some rich man in montana who pays for one kid a year, for the four year duration of school, to go to st. paul's school in concord, new hampshire. beaches base for the whole thing. he find some super bright kid. this boy couldn't study language in billings, so he signed up and he was accepted. then he got cold feet and turned him down. then he reconsidered and his parents had never been to see the place. they didn't even know what he was up to 70 reconsidered and called them up and said i think i do want to do that. as it was, it was too late but let's see what we can do for you. he gets into hotchkiss and the richman puts them in hotchkiss. in one year he is boy of the year at hotchkiss, a broad
were born in billings montana when there parents went for five or six years. one son these days, came back to billings, married a girl who was part of a large family. now he is part of that large family and he is building a large family. and he will not budge. he is just totally attached. the other one, and his story is just fascinating, is in montana. and this is not a rich family, but there is some rich man in montana who pays for one kid a year -- well, for the four-year duration of school to go to saint paul school and new hampshire. you just paste the whole thing. he goes and finds some super bright kid or so this boy couldn't study languages in billings. and so he signed up and he was accepted. and then he got cold feet and turned him down. then he reconsider. is terratec never even been to see the place. they didn't know what he was up to. and so he reconsider and called him up and said no, i think i do want to do that. it's too late, but let's see what we can do for him. so he gets into hotchkiss, and the rich man puts them in hotchkiss. in one year he is boy of the year at ho
obama is in full campaign mode, off to montana for another town hall meetin >> the white house and its allies are fighting for control of the health care debate which they say has been swamped by misinformation and fear. t.j. winick reports from washington. >> reporter: facing a barrage of publicity against health care reform, the white house and its partners are pushing back. >> what does health insurance reform mean for you? >> reporter: a new coalition funded largely by the pharmaceutical industry launched $12 million in television ads in support of the president's plan. >> it means lower costs, a cap on out of pocket expenses, tough new rules to cut waste and red tape and a fus on preventing illness before it strikes. >> reporter: also the white house sent out its own viral e-mail and video tom combat opponents the administration is even having to fight misinformation by one of its republican partners. >> we should not have a government that determines you're going to pull the plug on grandma. >> reporter: senator grassley was referring to a proposal about talking to a doctor e
house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. he has the latest from big sky, montana. chuck? >> good morning, lester. the president is out west for a working vacation. yesterday was town hall number one. today will be town hall number two in grand junction, colorado, all of it is an attempt to recapture political momentum to pass health care reform. president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow for what was billed as a town hall on health care but at times felt like a campaign rally. president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times, as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a mostly supportive audience, but not before offering his own media critique of how town halls have been covered this week. >> tv loves a ruckus. what you haven't seen on tv and what makes me proud, are the many constructive meetings going on all over the country. >> reporter: mindful of tuesday's relatively cane new hampshire town hall
to what people say in montana. he does. there's been single payors in his state. and this republican force is going to die. when grassley said the other day he pretty much admitted this was a farce, chairman baucus knows he has to get a bill out of this committee and if he only has democrats to work with, guess what the majority democrats on his committee favor a political option. if he's going to get a bill out of this committee with zero republican boats it's going to have to have a public option in the senate finance bill; otherwise, there isn't going to be a bill, right? and he knows there has to be a bill. so it matters what you say. it's one of the reasons i've been very careful not to criticize individual senators. i don't mind talking about their views because at the end, i think we're going to get almost every democratic senator. almost every one because there's not going to be any republicans. they're not going to be interested in forming the bill and, therefore, the democratic caucus is going to have a huge influence in this and the majority of the people in the democratic caucu
for 70% of the audience town halls there will be another one in montana tomorrow. 30% are set aside to sympathetic officials in the region. that's how things will be conducted in montana. white house says they like a rigorous robust debate. whether they get in their own town halls probably not. lawmakers are. shepard: thank you. mixed news from the jobs market. the number of americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits went up unexpectedly last week. that's according to the department of labor which reports there were 4,000 more first time claims than the week before. but at the same time we learned the total number of americans continuing to receive jobless benefits fell by more than 140,000, to just more than 6.2 million. the so-called experts were way off in guessing how much money spent in stores last month. they were expecting retail sales to rise, almost 1%. they did not. they went down. july sales down 0.1% in june it would have been worse had it not been cash for clunkers program. auto sales were up big last month. take those out of the pictures and retail sales wou
at a town hall meeting in montana. but in california a different sort of gathering. cbs news correspondent bill whitaker is in inglewood this morning. bill, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. they're just now opening the gates to allow people to stream in here. people have been streaming, thousands since tuesday, to get free medical care provided by remote area medical, a nonprofit set up 24 years ago to take modern american medicine to third world villages. now they spend most of their time giving free medical care to needy medical communities right here in the u.s. >> how dare you! >> reporter: furry and shouting have dominated the debate over healthcare reform making it difficult to hear the quiet pain of people like cynthia cobb. >> i'm just trying to push through this. >> reporter: she lost her job as an l.a. bus driver and with it her benefits and insurance. she joined thousands here who need healthcare. >> larry durst needs glasses. >> i have medical. they only cover so much. >> reporter: sabrina's co-pay for her daughter's dental work would hav
and on the offensive today on health care reform. he is headed for a town hall meeting in montana during this make or break month in this push for reform. he could face a skeptical audience. ed henry reports from a region weary of big government. >> reporter: spend a day in the tiny town of livingston, montana, and you quickly see why the president's health care push is pushing big problems in big sky country, even from those he's trying to help. >> we have two kids and my husband is the only one working. >> reporter: sanja is uninsured so she gets discounted dental work at a local clinic. she voted for the president and agrees there needs to be reform but is worried about the details. >> i believe that there is a health care crisis. i really do. do i believe that the government needs to be more involved? no. because i think that they just whenever they get their fingers in the pot, it just kind of turns black. >> reporter: a common sentiment here where a second obama voter told us government is too big. >> we've just spent so much money on the stimulus and the t.a.r.p. and then we're going to add
hall meetings of his own this week in colorado and montana. the tickets will be available to the general public. so the president may see some angry outbursts in the crowd himself. if you want to sound off about the health care reform plans being debated right now go to wusa9.com and tell us what you think. >>> have you heard about the 8- year-old miami girl who got the white house ticked off? she is on a poster that appears at metro station and on that poster jasmine says president obama's daughters get healthy school lunches, why don't i? now, these posters are the work of a nonprofit p groucalled committee for responsible med. the white house wants the posters taken down. they say they do not want the president's daughters used that way. the group says for now the posters will stay. >>> the american dream turned into a nightmare for dozens of illegal immigrants, some of them as young as 17. authorities say they were forced to work as prostitutes at three long island bars and some were actually sex slaves. most of the women came from central america lured to new york. on
. a good chunk of real estate around nebraska all the way into the montana area too. so maybe a watching for that later this afternoon. as for the east coast, the east coast looks pretty good until you get down toward florida. typical summertime for you. when you zoom on in toward tampa, you're going to get the rain showers coming in later todayful light activity. most of that is ground scattered. most of it is offshore but it comes back in this afternoon. we'll have to watch for that. the heat's going to be out there too. 105 to 110. houston to dallas toward well as tulsa. look at this. how great is that? 94 to 95. the heat is building eastward. it's going to affect atlanta. # 4 tore. that accounts for your dress there. >> that's the excuse i'm going to use. >> what? >> some things work. you try it. >> i like it. >> thank you. >>> the man a responsible for some of the most memorable movies of the '80s has a pass aid way. john hughes died of a hurt attack yesterday while taking a walk in manhattan. he wrote or directed classics like "six teen candles," "ferris buhler's day off," "the bre
rains with flash flooding across much of the rockies. showers in the dakotas and montana. isolated showers and thrms from dc to north carolina. triple digits in parts of southern texas. >> dallas hovers just under a hundred today, 8 in new orleans, 91 in miami, 80s from new york to atlanta. it's 76 in seattle, 87 in boise and 83 in colorado springs. >> well, they had a rockin' good time in louisiana hoping to pick their way into the record books. >> like this. hunls strummed their hearts out at the international guitar festival this weekend. >> their official tally was 875 people. impressive but far short of the 1,800 people who set the record in germany two years ago. now i want to so the record for that kind of picking, too. >> i bet there is one. we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ kruse: if you have a hard time walking and getting around in your house, you need a hoveround power chair. you'll be able to go to the mall... play with the grandkids... visit family and friends... and do all the things you ralways loved to do. tom kruse: i'm tom kruse, pinventor of th
are looking at pictures of the first family as they board air force one enroute to montana today, where the president will be holding a town hall meeting on health care in bozeman, one of two in the next couple of days. there are expectations that he will get protests and tough questions. off they go, boarding. it is set to begin at 2:15 eastern time. gregg: the philadelphia eagles holding a news conference momentarily to announce what we already know officially, that michael vick will return to the game after an 18-month prison sentence of four charges relating to dogfighting. the gory details include electrocuting and drowning unwanted animals. a spokesperson for people for the ethical treatment of animals issued a statement a saying, "what sort of message does this send to fans who care about animals and do not want to see them harmed? since vick has not given a public acknowledgment that he is remorseful, time will tell." vick could receive nearly $7 million. when he first joined in 2002, he was drafted to the falcons for $62 million. since then, he has found himself not just behind
-- >> sitting in an air hangar in montana. look, we remember -- >> i'm wondering how you get the bureaucracy of health care whether it is private property or government barack receipts. >> we don't want the government make health care decisions for doctors and individuals, and the president doesn't believe health insurance companies should make those determinations either. when they decide that you are too sick or when they decide -- i'm sure you could go on the air right now and get 100 viewers to call in that have dealt with their insurance company and found that it had to go through extra paperwork because our original the treatment was denied, or some extra hurdle was put in place that they had to jump over in order to receive the treatment they deserved. that shouldn't happen -- what in the world is that? [laughter] life like i am, like, never mind. i'm not going to go -- [laughter] those decisions should be made role that the private insurance company currently has on health care, that seems to suggest those bureaucrats would still be there. >> well, i don't know who administers box's
returns to the town hall stage tomorrow in montana. now, ali velshi has been on the road all week long holding his own version of the town hall meeting listening to what people are saying about health care reform and he's not running for office. not trying to keep his seat. he's just in search of real people with real concerns. ali's found his way to sedalia, missouri, not too far from kansas city. ali, from your perspective in talking to folks on the road trip, how effective are these town halls? what do you think? >> reporter: well, everybody's heard of them or seen them. it has been the talk of the week. in fact, we've been talking to people about the economy all week generally, but somehow every conversation makes its way back to health care. and i think people have been influenced by them in some fashion because they've heard things being said. they've heard people talking about the government lying or the fact that it will be government control or they won't have choices about their doctors. or their health care. there's definitely been -- there have been things that have been pi
, texas, oklahoma, montana and west virginia. all of whom have natural resources and energy income. and i think by the way, texas is the most understudied success story in the country. if you really want to look at stunning economic capability, texas is remarkable. as i said earlier, we had sustained very low growth, and we did it selectively, because we actually doubled the budget of the national institute of health, while controlling spending. now, policies do matter, and texas is a good place to study that. texas was responsible for 70% of net new jobs in 2008. in the entire country, 70% of the net new jobs were in the state of texas. their unemployment rate is about 2 percentage points below the national average. one reason is, their legislature only meets every other year. this is very important. of the rise of professional legislators has led to the rise of powerful interest groups who basically sustain those legislators and the result is you get much too much government, much too much bus -- bureaucracy, and much too much special interest. when you elect people from the general pop
, didn't quite come up in the montana one. i think he's going to create problems with people who work in the postal service who are worried they're going to have to do a whole bunch of lay-offs and are going to be shutting down a bunch of mini offices. the point is well taken. >> i heard some horrific number in terms of what they're in the hole. in the billions of dollars. >> reporter: absolutely. >> chuck, we'll talk to you again. it's early where you are, like 5:17 in the morning. >> you know, arizona has this weird decision where half the year on pacific time, half the time on -- >> just go get coffee. wherever you are. i'll talk to you next hour. >> fair enough. >>> almost a dozen wildfires continue to rage across california. the most troublesome of those fires is in santa cruz county south of san francisco. the fire there already charring more than ten square miles. michael okwu is live in swanton. you're with us all morning yesterday with talk about the fires. i understand that the firefighters did make some progress in the last 24 hours or so. >> reporter: well, there's definit
virginia, montana, and bladensburg, one lane gets by. inbound traffic is getting by in all lanes. this is a shot of the building that caught fire along the new york ave. things are starting to improve their. 270 southbound is very heavy and slow, trying to make it down to the interchange at route 109 where there was a crash at the truck scales. here we are at montrose road heading down to the beltway and things are better. >> it is not too bad outside. we are feeling fairly comfortable. temperatures are in the low 70 possibly. we are shooting for highs in the low 80's today. we will have some partly sunny skies. a few thunderstorms today but those that could develop will pack a punch. on the weekend, temperatures will back -- will be back to 90. >>> a metrobus operator recently photographed talking on a cell phone was apparently not on a personal call. metro says the woman was talking to transit officials about an issue with her boss. they are trying to figure out if she should be punished after all. much more on this story at noon. how about a swim? i'm little irregular today. d
heirs. in return on social security is not as good as a private plan. host: hamilton, montana. you are next on the republican line. caller: carmen, montana. come on, you know me. host: i should have known. caller: i have been talking to you for over 10 years. this guy is not young. his party promotes nothing but freed them, but i do not know why you left boobs like this on tv. why do you let this jerkoff on tv? host: we are going to stop it there. thank you for coming in. guest: that is a pretty big accusation, but we are moving in the current administration, that we may double the national debt in 15 years, if we continue on this path. that is what roosevelt did. we doubled in national debt from 1932 to 1940, and we still have 20% unemployment. that is what we did in the 1930 's, and the danger is we are doing it again today. host: young americans for freedom. they tend to be republican younger people. the birther. he concludes by saying, is this an orchestra did campaign to delegitimize the obama presidency? is the fact that he is a first african-american president a factor? some
. president barack obama had to montana today for a town hall meeting on his health-care plan. the rally is planned in the conservative suburb -- suburb -- belgrade. you can see live coverage on c- span 2 at 3:00. conservative bloggers are meeting in pittsburgh today, as well, for a two-day meeting for strategies. we will have live coverage at 7:40 p.m. for the americans for prosperity organization. >> the newest supreme court justice, sonia sotomayor, attended a reception with president barack obama. we will show it as part of cspan's america and the courts saturday at 7:00, eastern. >> three days of peace, love, and music. 40 years ago this weekend, half a million people gathered for woodstock. saturday, the co-founder will take us behind the scenes. that will be at 9:00 p.m., eastern, on both tv. >> how is cspan funded? >> donations? >> federal funds, grant funds? >> maybe contributions. >> austin, i don't know. >> i would say from commercials. >> advertising? >> something from the government? >> 30 years ago, america pause cable companies created cspan as a public service. it is a pr
in montana tomorrow. what is the message going to be, and has it changed at all? >> it should be interesting, because he is going to appear with senator max baucus from the middle of health-care negotiations. the county he is going to is a conservative county, and democrats as republicans to sign a civility pledge, but republicans said no, because that feels like they are being asked to be seen but not heard. a lot of people are waiting at to appear at this town hall. jane: an event on saturday also? >> yes. there are probably know people in the world who have done as many town hall meetings as barack obama. they feel that he will be able to reach out to people who make it in his face a little bit and say, let's calmed down and talk about our differences. jane: we have new rasmussen pulls out, saying that the approval rating is at its lowest. >> that is right. daily polls say that 47% somewhat approved, 52% disapprove, the lowest mark so far. a cause for concern for the white house. we expect that robert gibbs might be asked about it later, and we will get his reaction. gregg: one week befor
of montana and colorado tomorrow and saturday. harry? >> bill plante at the white house. thanks. so, what is fact, what is fiction when it comes to health care reform? jonathan cohn is senior editor of "the new republic" and author of "sick: the untold story of america's health care crisis and the people who pay the price". jonathan, good morning. >> good morning. >> i'm going to get right to some of these questions, some of these hot-button issues that get repeated and repeated and repeated day after day, especially in these meetings. we just heard the mantei we don't need obama and his crew to tell us how to die. is this health care reform plan going to create death panels telling people how to die, true or false? >> absolutely false. i think this is probably the most outrageous claim we've heard. there is a provision in the bill that they're moving through that if you want to write a living will, you want to talk to your doctor about it, you want to do it the right way, make sure you're asking for what you want, then medicare will actually pay your doctor to sit down with you and do i
information on that. >>> someone illegally shot and killed one of montana's largest grizzly bears. now officials want to hunt down the killer and they're offering a big reward to get your help. new for you in about 40 minutes. >>> so gas price, holding steady. you might have noticed that, and they could be going down in the next few weeks by a couple pennies here and there. money expert jennifer westhoven here to share the good news. >> juicy prices, then came up. definitely good news in a bad economy for drivers. the latest national average from aaa, $2.63 a gallon, down a penny from last week. okay. much better than a year ago. you might remember, i think we down around $2:50 for a while and prices creeped up, trying to go higher. analysts say it's because the refineries were trying to pass higher prices on to you, but it didn't work. good for you. people stopped buying. that sets the stage for lower prices because got a lot of supply now of unused gas. meantime, summer vacation's over. the time of year when kids go back to school. there's no more driving vacations. you might see pum
that same message to two more town hall meetings this week. he will speak to a crowd in montana friday and saturday, holds a health care forum in grand junction, colorado. >> some other lawmakers haven't had the luxury of other crowds. police had to carry a woman out of senator claire mccaskill. >>> and ties to the michael jackson case, police searched a pharmacy yesterday. a source familiar with the investigation tells cnn, jackson's doctor bought a powerful anesthetic from the pharmacy and says he gave jackson that the day before jackson died. >> if i were an attorney, i'd be holding my breath. i think they're making it very clear they're looking solely to dr. murray with respect to this propofol. and may be looking at others but with respect to the manslaughter investigati investigation, i think he's solely in their sights. >>> we told you about michael jackson's tribute concert in austria. you won't have to get plane tickets. but they're working to get it broadcast world-wide and tickets are supposed to go on sale august 20. >>> and we heard about the plane on the tarmac seven hour
front when you get to idaho and montana. some of those will be giant hail makers so we'll watch for those later this afternoon. showers rolling through grand island, nebraska. dropping down the state line towards kansas. then it's the heat. it's back for you. 105 to 110 is the way it's going to make you feel. dallas, houston, in towards tulsa. then you get to places like phoenix and it's going to be 112, 114. 106 is hot even for this year, robin. >>> back to our breaking story. bob, thank you. two american journalists just arrived home after being freed from a north korea prison. we're hearing from them for the first time as they're reunited with their families. >>> talk about the perfect wedding present. what a total stranger gave away to a bride and her bridesmaids free. . >>> more on our breaking story today that we watched here live. two american reporters held in north korea are back in the united states. their plane landed in burbank, california a short while ago. here is the reunion that euna lee had with her little four-year-old daughter. north korea pardoned laura ling
: tomorrow that will be billy ray cyrus. brian: really? steve: hannah montana's dad is going to be on the program. meanwhile, a headline that says "firms with obama ties profit from the health push." it talks about how the health care overhaul is a financial windfall to a couple of democrat consulting firms closely connected to the president and a couple of his top advisors. $24 million worth of ads are being bought and put on tv. the two firms hired, one is gmmb which worked for barack obama during the 2008 campaign, and also akpd. the a stands for axelrod started by david axelrod. of course, he has separated himself from the company. but there are some who are going, now, wait a minute, this seems a little too cozy. the white house denies that mr. axlerod is making any money from it. gretchen: they do still owe him # million from the stock sale. they're going to be making those payments over the next couple of years. but interestingly enough, at that firm that he created, his son still works there. and no surprise that the two top advisors to obama, these are their former j
in montana, but in grand junction, it is the example he used for the funding needed to be -- i'm sorry, the subsidy that needed to be cut. >> the drive for competition, for instance, like blue cross blue shield in and out -- in alabama, was ever considered to sweep away so that the private sector can go in there, like aetna and others the experts that is largely what is envisioned through a healthy exchange. _ -- like edna and others? >> that is largely what is envisioned three health exchange. the vast majority of people receive their health care benefits through their employers through private entities. the president is building on that system in health care reform, but part of what the president believes howç to hapn is we have to broaden some of those closed markets with that choice in camp -- and competition. if not, you will not be able to drive down costs and provide health care. >> what is the competition have to come through the government? why can't it come through private insurers? >> it does not have to, but i have lived in alabama. it is a decent market. there are a lot
of reform. that tends to be, by the way, in those states -- wyoming, montana -- those who have gas and oil and their economy has been fairly stable through this period of downturn for the rest of the country. host: put on your hat as former supervisor of fairfax county and the work -- if you are a school administrator in me get this money, what happens in 2011 or 2012? guest: exacta. that is the concern that has been stated. they are frightened to death of the funding cliff. what happens after the stimulus dollars on out? they are concerned about retaining staff that they know they will have to let go in one year or two years. or starting programs that are going to require that level of funding and then a year or two, they will not have that level of funding. what happens then? i kentucky in the 27 years of superintendent, the worst thing you can do is start a successful program and then say, we have to stop this program because we don't have the money. it does not work well in most communities. host: percentage wise -- and i know it varies -- how much money comes from local and regional g
today. the topic, health care reform. max baucus of montana said it is on track to reach an agreement. chuck grassley isn't so sure. he doesn't see the kind of broad-based support that that bill will need. >>> ailing senator ted kennedy has sent a leader to ask quickly to allow them to change a law to quickly replace him in the senate. this comes amid growing concern with kennedy's batual brain cancer. ted kennedy wants the governor, duval patrick, to appoint someone to the seat when he dies. current state law requires a special election within five months of a vacancy. >>> the national hurricane center has downgraded hurricane bill to a category 3 storm. it is still quite a potent storm. it is still very dangerous. chad myers is in the cnn weather center with more on bill's current track and what it could mean to people living along the eastern seaboard, specifically new england, right? >> new england probably some wind and waves. i'm telling you all the way to new england, the waves this weekend are going to be dangerous. they're going to be deadly, chuck. literally. the waves under
the northern rockies coming out of montana through salt lake city north of you guys. ought to be dry for most of day. not much going on there. you get across the east coast, here's where you problems begin. around north carolina and south carolina, mainly around that frontal boundary. zero in toward the region. the most powerful action is around the coast from wilmington towards charleston. zero in right now. look at the squall that jumps off the coach around myrtle beach. lots of lightning. north of charleston, south of wilmington beach. showers in north carolina, virginia as well. soggy for the first part of the day. later this afternoon it'll begin to die down a little bit. as for florida, things are drying up nicely until you get towards the panhandle. this may become our next tropical depression. so far it has not. looks pretty organized now. let me show you an i-report from this weekend. trying to get a football game going. not so fast. look at this squall line that races in. heavy downpours. 80 mile per hour gusts. obviously postponed the game a little bit. you can see why. visibility
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